17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA | Great Divide Brewing Company

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17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by notyourdadsbeer on 03-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber. Bottled Mar 18 2011 (Month is obscured, but I think it is March)

Pours a cloudy gold with a small yellow-beige head, shrinks down to a ring. Medium lacing.

Smells predominantly of bready caramel malt and vanilla. Some perfumy hops emerge, but are in the background.

Taste is mildly sweet, not overpowering. Floral hops and bitterness come out more in the flavor than the aroma. Finish is odd, kind of like watered down whiskey. I guess this is the oak and alcohol coming through. This flavor lingers into the aftertaste. I don't hate it, but kind of odd in a beer.

Body tilts towards full with low carbonation. A touch too flat. Although alcohol is apparent, it's not so bad for 10%.

Maybe I'm too late on this one. It's a unique tasting DIPA, which is good for a one-off. Just a bit odd...

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy IPA Day!

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint. Pours a deep copper color with nice head and good retention.

The aroma is strong of sweet notes of vanilla and caramel and nice hoppiness.

Taste is a little boozy with oak qualities. Sweet with hop bitterness at the back end.

Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation, good beer.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. It's a clear copper color with a finger or so of white head.

It has a very typical IPA aroma, caramel malt base with a strong blended hop aroma. It's tough to tell which typical hop note comes out the most. Not much wood on the nose.

The wood aging really comes out on the taste. It has some vanilla oak flavor and a caramel base like the aroma. The wood notes blend well with the hops but also masks the bitterness some.

It's a good beer but it doesn't blow me away. I'd definitely drink some more (and will later tonight) but I won't need to seek it out again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Over the top DIPA. Yellow-golden coloured body with big white off white creamy head, and lacey. Big bitterness followed by fairly big malt. Oak is ever present. Bottled April 28. Creamy, boozy, coconut. More of a sipper. Above average mouthfeel.Ken's bomber.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this ale while in Bend, OR over the weekend of 7/4/11. Bottle is dated 4/29/2011 and poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out a prolific light tan head that sits like a cloud atop the a clear, deep copper body. The head slowly recedes to nothing but wisps and lace.

N: Interesting--vanilla and flowers and pine.

T/M: Creamy vanilla and pepper up front with citrus and grapefruit and pine following immediately. A wonderful, sweet malt backing comes next. There is a slight, but definite, alcoholic heat on the bitter finish. The body is oily and has a medium feel to it.

This beer is very unique! Delicious and like nothing else I have ever had, it was very difficult to rate to style. I definitely like the effect that the oak aging has had on this beer. I would have liked to see the hops more pronounced, especially considering this is classified as an IIPA, but they are definitely present and I absolutely love the result. Excellent beer, even for the high (~$12/bottle) price tag.

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Photo of Duff27
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Into a tulip. Real nice looking ruby red colored beer with a tight two inch off-white head on top. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Citrus hops. Faint cherries(?)

T- Citrus hops on a sweet malt backbone. Touch of vanilla is just that. Doesn't hide the 10%abv well. "Sure is boozy, my god."

M- Smooth, low carbonation. Heavy mouthfeel.

D/O- Had at a little higher than optimal temperature perhaps, the alcohol really stuck out. Not in a bad way though as I enjoy that aspect in most beers. Great bomber to split with a great friend.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a vibrant copper colored brew. It puts up a one fingered head of massive eggshell bubbles. This retains decently, leaving a nice congregation of bubbles to preside over the liquid. Thick lacing is left as the head departs. The transparency is clear, free of sediment. Carbonation appears moderate. The aromas that enter the nose are blended beautifully, and arrive as a single unit. If anything were to take the lead it would be the woody oak barrels, imparting a deep musk character and huge buttery diacetyl whiff. There is also a pronounced fruitiness and floral nature to the hops, but they take a relative backseat to the wood and the paler malts. As promised there are flecks of vanilla on the nose, with a final flash of earthy citrus and booze. As we sip, the mouth meets with sweeter malts and citrusy hops. As in the nose, they blend nicely and begin things smoothly. Here, too, the barrel aging first begins to become apparent. It gives a thick woody cape to the beginning. Moving through the middle we get all the bitterness from the initiating components starting to seep out. The wood gives a dryer bite, while the hops follow through with citric and piney bitterness. The buttery diacetyls actively eliminate this bite, and help transition smoothly into the finish. Here there is a balance of fiercely competing strong flavors. The malts are sweet and drive the flavors to the back of the palate, while the bitter hops and ingrained woodiness drag the flavors forward to keep the beer around for a little while longer. The booze stings and the final drops of flavor disappear with it down the throat. The aftertaste breathes with cooked diacetyls, aged wood, earthy bittering hops, and a fatty alcoholic bite. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. There is a nice coating to the mouth, and a big slurp and smack to each sip. This fades as the beer warms, with the mouth left ultimately dried, but with little astringency. The abv is high but appropriate, and the beer drinks relatively easily.

Overall, what we found to be most enjoyable about this brew was the gloriously blended aroma, with a nice subsequent balance to the flavoring. The flavoring was, however, a bit muted and unexpectedly mild when compared to the nose. We were expecting something sweeter, more syrupy thick, and with more depth. This is not to say that we didn’t enjoy this brew, but rather it posted a contrast to what was through to be a sure thing. In the end, this beer is appropriate and within the style’s parameters, and unique as a barrel-aged brew.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at old eagle.

A- comes to me with a nice cap of off white head that holds for a bit then settles to leave some suds on the glass and a solid ring on top. Copper orange in color with a nice glow when held to the light.

S- nice open with a sweet oaky vanilla flourish on top of a well hopped base. Hints of pine and grapefruit rind.

T- opens up with a smooth sweet vanilla caramel then a slow roll into a nice herbal and grapefruit rind hit. Pine makes a good showing and really rounds the whole thing out nicely.

M- on the fuller side of body and a bit under medium in carb. Just the faintest touch of heat on the palate.

O- this one finally gets it right. Its taken them a few years but I'm really enjoying this one. Very well used abv and a great barrel profile.

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Photo of silver7447
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper in color with about one finger's width of head. Strong lacing until the very end.

S- Vanilla and wood right in your face. They are the strongest notes, but there are subtler earthy notes which compliment it well.

T- Quite sweet up front, with a woody coffee persistence. These notes persist, but include a constant bitterness in the background.

M- Wow! If this beer has anything down perfectly it is the mouthfeel. There is a great balance of initial carbonation and lingering smoothness. Carbonation faded to a smooth malty feel after about 15 minutes of careful enjoyment.

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Photo of TheBear11D
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly cloudy dark copper amber color with a light and fluffy off white head that faded slowly and leaves behind nice rings of lacing.

As to be expected in a double IPA there is a great abundance of hops in the nose. Floral and piney hops dominate the aroma with baked bread in the midst.

Although the pine and floral hops takeover the flavor, initially oak and bread are the flavors that stand out, but it does not take long for the rush of hops to become present and last into the aftertaste.

Medium body with decent carbonation.

Overall this is quite delicious, but does not quite make it to outstanding.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into an imperial pint. Poured red-orange with a cream colored half finger head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, pine, pine resin, pine hop, and subtle citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, citrus, wood, pine resin, pine hop, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The hop character on this one was definitely in your face the entire time for sure. The sweetness was hardly anywhere to be found. Luckily the citrus was there to help clean it up a bit. The wood was in there as well but came across as a bitter taste to me when combined with the hops. Worth trying however if you can.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a darker appearance for this beer, maybe the wood was walnut or hickory and the color carried over! Anyways, the wood aspect was apparent in the nose, and there's just not enough wood aged ipa's out there, and when you're using piney hops, its complimented even more, feels like a camping trip.

More of the same in the taste, wood and pine, the hops were in the ample, but not outrageous range, bitterness was in check, alcohol heat was largely in check.

At the end of the day, it really isn't all that complex, but is appreciable. Prolly wouldn't spend $10 on it, but can definitely appreciate this being brought to SDIBF.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - Deep amber/copper, half finger off white head and a bit of lacing

S - Very sweet, yeasty, earthy, soil, lots of flowers, island citrus fruits, lovely hops. Just a huge sweet candy nose

T - Vanilla, oak, earth, very sweet yeast, alcohol, almost over the top bitterness, pine, slight sap, grapefruit, lots of flowers, nice citrus and more wood

M - Chewy, full body, medium minus acidity, lots of complexity, pretty balanced and long finish

D - For those who heads are full of hops, this one is for you. Also, if huge hops scares you all the sweetness, earth and wood balance that out. Give this one a try

Final thought - $10 and +10% abv and only released once in a lifetime. Just like Nike says "just do it"

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Slight haze on a strong tea/rusty orange body with a slight and fleeting tan head that left some nice strands of lace.

S-This initially reminded me of Oaked Arrogant Bastard.Ripe orange,wet pine,toast,vanilla,caramel and strawberry jam.Some earthy cigar/pipe tobacco notes as well.

T-Earthy wood,dried cherry,toast,slight citrus,grassy/piney hops and some allusion to whiskey.

M-Medium-bodied with a competing bitterness and earthy finish.Lots of woodiness(of course)but a little muddled for my tastes.More of a strong ale in my opinion.

O-I was a little disappointed,honestly.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice medium amber color with a soft soapy-looking, sticky egg shell colored head. Nice lacing as the head recedes. Aromas begin with nice caramel and sweet toffee maltiness. Next comes the floral and piney hops which compete with the oak and vanilla elements, though the hops win by a nose; a nice biscuity maltiness underneath.

The tastes begin with biscuity malts and dry oakiness. Hops soon join the party mid-palate, with a bitter, piney flavors; the hops linger nicely on the tongue. As it warms you get the vanilla and caramel notes which compete once again with the strong pine hops throughout the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation; finish is nice and really dry from the wood-aging and adequate hopping.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer last year and I think I enjoyed it more this year. The oak is much more in balance with the hops and malt in this offering than last year. Last year was much less malty and hops and oak were way up front. Overall I wish this we a little cheaper, especially because I can get Cigar City Humidor Jai Alai IPA for like $5 cheaper. Still quite good and I definitely recommend.

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Photo of billzav
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This copper colored ale combines the floral, earthy hops of an English Pale Ale with the big citrus hops of an American DIPA. The smooth balance of hops is complimented by sweet malt and vanilla spices, with a rich woody character from the ale being aged in French and American oak barrels.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide 17th Anniversary, 64-oz growler filled at Whole Foods for $13.99 plus tax.

Appearance: Served into my Sierra snifter, 17th Anniversary comes looking a deep-malty copper, almost like a barleywine. Big fluffy frothy head, classic one-finger. Good retention, carbonation and some lacing.

Smell: Wood, rust, open fire. Booze, rum, vanilla. Creme brulee, intense alcohol at the end. Wet fields.

Taste: Butter, bread, yeast. Barnyard. Caramel, toffee, Kahlua liqueur. Vanilla at the end of the sip. Sharp booze all around. Heavy (at times overwhelming) malt base, stinging hops. Savory, rich, moderately sweet. White-chocolate, waxy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full flavor, close-to-low carbonation. Very robust, a tad too boozy and overtly malty. It'll warm you up! Creamy feel nonetheless.

Overall: This is tasty, but not super drinkable. A bit too heavy all around. A definite sipper! Next time I'll get a 32-oz growler instead of 64 ounces. For an oak-aged Anniversary Ale, maybe we could expect a little more. But it is tasty as it is. Would have again on tap/bottle, probably not buy another growler (unless I'm sharing with several folks).

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Photo of charlzm
2.89/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Consumed July 2nd, 2011 in a standard pint glass.

Beer pours a clear, medium copper color with a minimal off-white head less than a finger tall. Uninspiring.

Aromas are agreeable: grapefruit hops, caramel, wood and vanilla.

Palate follows sinuses with the addition of substantial but still modulated bitterness. Some trace fusel alcohol notes detract from the overall experience.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a touch oily, but not overtly so.

Drinkability is fair, though the fusels kind of kill it. Also, gave me a wicked case of gas!

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Photo of Phelps
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle dated March 30 into a tulip. Based on Denver Pale Ale, this DIPA’s aged in American and French oak barrels.

Deep rosewood, clear on the first pour and peppered with some yeast on the second. Both pours beget a creamy one-finger head the color of vanilla that grips the sides in mighty walls as it recedes.

Nice balance in the nose. New oak, hints of grapefruit juice, grass and some floral character blended with sweet caramel and hints of biscuits. A little solvent.

This is quite a bit less hoppy than last year’s, but I do get some earthy and floral notes. The sweet malt is all there, with biscuits and caramel. Also some very subtle hints of oak. I’m not sure I dig it — it’s way not bright enough.

Pillow-soft and silken on the tongue, with a body just a shade under medium. There’s an equal amount of booze in the nose as in the flavor. Carbonation is very low.

Meh. I remember really enjoying last year’s anniversary ale, but this one just seems...dead. Here’s hoping they pick things up for year 18.

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Photo of techfed87
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty, nice head. Color is a dark amber red. Smell is full of oily, bitter hops.

First sip is quite potent. Bitterness comes not at the start of the drink, but roughly when the aftertaste begins to set in. Wood aging has mellowed the beer out to a point.

A pretty good IPA. I'd definitely try it out sometime!

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled March 29th 2011. Pours clear red orange color with a 1.5 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some decent lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, caramel, oak, and a bit of vanilla. Nice aromas here with good strength. Taste of huge oak, with caramel, grapefruit, pine, and a bit of orange and vanilla. Nice strong bitterness on the finish that lingers with pine, oak, and citrus flavors. Decent balance of flavors, and nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden for 10%, none in the taste and very little warming on the finish. Overall a very nice Double IPA, but it is a little over the top on the oak flavor.

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Photo of aepb1
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- brown body with a big creamy off white head

S- piney hops, oaky and vanilla sweetness

T- wow oaky right off! Moves into piney hops ,and finishes sweet vanilla balancing out the bitterness from the hops

M- full-bodied, moderate carbonation and smooth

O- after the initial oak, as it warms, it gets much better

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.06/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a clear, coppery amber with fluffy off-white head. Great retention, though nothing too sticky on the sides of the glass.

S: Toast, floral hops, caramel, oak.

T: Toast, caramel. Very oaky, with some astringency that segues into herbal bitterness and a drying close. It's not very hop-flavored; at best it's floral, but that character is reserved and understated. I really expect more from a DIPA. Very unsatisfactory.

M: Mildly sticky; the main takeaway is up-front oak that contributes astringency. Hoppy bitterness is mild.

O: I'm getting tired of these $10 sub-standard barleywine bombers masquerading as DIPAs. I almost didn't finish this, but I had nothing better to do.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright reddish copper with a billowy off-white head that lasts, sticking nicely to the glass.

N- Deep toasty grain dipped in vanilla caramels. Nice oakiness with some earthy hops adding complexity to the wood. Some ripe fruit in there as well. Really a wonderful smell.

T- Much like the nose, clean toasty grain with some caramel and a hint of vanilla. The oakiness is big and upfront, blending well with a firm herbal bitterness. Long dry finish with tons of oak, lingering herbal bitterness, and a touch of vanilla and grain. There is also a delicate floral character to the aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, fairly chewy, with moderate carbonation and a long dry finish.

D- Overall, a terrific choice for tonight. I was indecisive on which beer to choose, and this one really hit the spot. Definitely worthy to be an anniversary beer. Would kill to have this on cask.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 21 June 2011
Glass: Piraat tulip snifter ~50cl
Type: 650ml "BOTTLED ON APR 29 2011"

Poured gently, 60 degrees F, 2-finger head is spongy, reduces slowly to a half-finger head, lacing is quite sticky, color is clear amber gold.

Aroma is certainly oaky. Next is a hint of vanilla on the front end. Hops are very faint and bitter...kind of sugary grapefruit. As the beer warms, the oak becomes much more prominent.

Taste is very heavy with vanilla, followed up by charred oak. Freshness of hops is gone if it were ever there, but the bitterness has remained. Lots of points for vanilla and oak, but little for hop flavor. Cannot put my finger on the malt profile. Possibly very basic pale malts.

Mouthfeel is watery, and seems like a light-bodied beer despite 10% ABV, which is barely noticeable.

If I wanted this beer again, it would be for the great oak and vanilla flavors. Not bad.

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17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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